Ministry of Education's offices in Port of Spain.

The Ministry of Education has issued an official statement concerning rumours that a member of staff at its Head Office—Education Towers—has tested positive for COVID-19.

Following is the full text of the statement released by the Ministry…

NO NEED FOR PANIC AT THE EDUCATION TOWERS

The Ministry of Education wishes to dispel rumours that a member of its staff currently employed at Head Office has tested positive for the COVID-19 Virus. 

It was reported to the Executive Team that a staff member was identified as part of a contact trace investigation for COVID-19. Immediate action was taken and the officer was removed from the compound and arrangements were made with National Maintenance and Technical Services Ltd. (NMTS) to engaged a specialized crew to conduct a sanitization exercise of all affected areas as recommended by the health authorities.

The temporary closure of the buildings, over the last three days was due to issues with the air conditioning system. A Notification of Closure of the Education Towers has NOT been issued by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Education will resume operations from Thursday 6th August 2020 pending on completion of repairs.

Information pertinent to this situation and other similar instances of primary, secondary and tertiary contacts have been communicated to the Ministry of Health. The advice obtained from the health authorities is that instructions will be issued in writing, if it is deemed necessary to close the Education Towers. 

The Ministry will continue to apprise staff and all relevant stakeholders of the advice obtained from the health authorities with respect to the sanitization or closure of these government buildings.